Claude Cartaginese

Kim Jong Il Holds All the Nuclear Cards

Posted on April 24 2009 3:10 am
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If it wasn’t bad enough that Pakistan is imploding and its vast nuclear arsenal may be just a few months away from falling into the hands of Islamic radicals, or that Iran is thumbing its nose at the international community and forging ahead with its own nuclear program, the world’s intelligence agencies and defense experts are quietly acknowledging that North Korea has now become a full-fledged nuclear power with the capacity to wipe out entire cities in Japan and South Korea.

The deranged North Korean dictator Kim Jung Il, who earlier this month showed his utter contempt for the world community by test-launching a missile over Japan, and who has amassed an army of more than a million men, has now raised the stakes by making himself a much more dangerous foe.  North Korea has miniaturized nuclear warheads to the extent that they can be launched on medium-range missiles, according to intelligence briefings. Supreme leader Kim Jung Il now has the potential to kill millions in Japan as well as the South, and to lay waste U.S. bases and airfields in both countries. This development will force military strategists to rethink plans for war in Korea and will significantly increase the potential costs of any intervention in a future Korean war.

North Korea’s hand has been considerably strengthened. It has already begun to use the nuclear threat against South Korea to try to extort more money from that nation. Moreover, Kim Jong Il has rejected further attempts to restart UN-sponsored disarmament talks, which he abruptly broke off last month. At this point, the North Koreans seem to be holding all the cards.

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